“More smiling, less worrying, more compassion, less judgment, more blessed, less stressed, more love, less hate.”
—Roy T. Bennett
Many people recovering from substance use disorders (SUDs) experience feelings of defeat, isolation, and uncertainty about the future. If you feel emotionally and spiritually drained, you can use mental health tools and other resources to find hope again and repair your damaged spirit. You are more than a diagnosis. Your future does not have to be dictated by the past. The rehabilitation programs at Twilight Recovery Center can help you heal from the effects of addiction.
Spirituality Looks Different for Everyone
Everyone understands spirituality in their own way. There are no right or wrong ways to feel about your spiritual life. According to Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, “There is overwhelming evidence that persons receiving mental health services, including addiction services, view spirituality as essential to recovery.” Basically, spirituality is a primary motivator for many in the recovery community, including members of 12-Step support groups.
5 Ways to Recognizing if You Are Spiritually “Fit”
Being spiritually fit means prioritizing the health and wellness of your spirit. The definition of spirit varies depending on who you ask. However, most people agree that it gives humans the capacity for hope and emotional healing. Many people in recovery have been beaten down by life, and their spirit is hurting and damaged. The spirit is resilient. If you do the hard work, you can restore it and find acceptance and contentment in your new sober life. Below are five ways to recognize if you are spiritually “fit.”
#1. Remain Aware of Your Mental Health
Monitoring your mental and emotional health is the only way to notice if something has gone wrong. If you notice yourself feeling less forgiving, more on edge, or angrier with yourself and others, it may indicate that your soul is hurting and needs nurturing. Maintain self-awareness and find healthy ways to replace negativity with hope, inspiration, and positivity.
#2. Daily Spiritual Check-Ins
Self-care needs to be a part of your routine. If you do not look after your emotional, physical, and mental well-being, you increase the risk of relapse. Self-care involves doing things to improve your circumstances or mental health.
You can use these activities to check in on your spiritual health. Do you feel sad, tired, anxious, ashamed, or guilty? Negative feelings about yourself can inhibit recovery. You will need to address them using techniques you learned in treatment or by talking about them with someone from your support system. Spiritual check-ins and daily self-care can improve your mental health and give you the emotional fortitude to continue progressing in recovery.
#3. Allow Yourself to Rely on a Higher Power
A higher power can be anything that brings meaning to your life and helps you look at yourself and others in a more loving and hopeful way. Recovery from SUD requires dedication, hard work, and the ability to forgive yourself for the past while building a better future. You will face difficult moments and temptations. Rely on the higher power in your life. You will feel less stressed and anxious. You will feel more compassionate toward others. Give yourself grace in moments of crisis. Allow yourself to connect more fully with a higher power.
#4. Take One Day at a Time
Every day is an opportunity for growth and spiritual healing. You will have access to support services, including individual and group therapy, during the rehabilitation process. Use the tools you learn in those sessions. Take one day at a time and objectively look at situations that might appear overwhelming. You can decrease stress and anxiety by taking a step back and being mindful of the moment.
#5. Find What Makes You Happy
Spiritual renewal occurs when you allow yourself to pursue activities, goals, and relationships that leave you feeling fulfilled and happy. Recovery gives you a chance to make better choices and surround yourself with positivity and people who have your best interest at heart. Pursue things that leave you with a smile and a sense of accomplishment. Experiencing everyday moments of happiness is a sign that your spirit has started to heal.
Find Support in Your Community
Community and peer support is an essential part of the recovery process. Anyone who identifies with specific rituals or practices can be supported. Spiritual leaders and fellow believers can be part of that support system. You do not have to believe in a god or a religion to find comfort in spiritual healing. You can find spiritual support if you reach out to like-minded people. Becoming part of a supportive community can facilitate spiritual healing.
Self-Care and Spiritual Growth
Self-care is essential to a healthy life and can strengthen the mind-body connection. When you feel more connected to your body, it can improve how you feel emotionally and spiritually. A few common forms of self-care include:
- Attending regular therapy sessions
- Using medical interventions like prescription medication to manage symptoms
- Taking advantage of peer support
- Spending time in nature
- Practicing relaxation techniques
There are many ways to incorporate spirituality into your recovery journey. Certainly, finding the right spiritual support for you will help as you find hope and resilience in your new life free of substances.